Startling News MIGRAINE
Between 20 and 45 million people in the United States suffer form headaches
each year. According to U. S. News and World Report magazine, this accounts
for over $2 BILLION dollars spent for over-the-counter medications and 50 million
doctor office visits. There are 157 million workdays and over a million school
days lost because of headaches. Migraines, a common, very severe type of headache
are responsible for at least half of those missed days, medications taken, and
medical office visits made.
Migraine headaches are a horrible affliction and can be accompanied by nausea,
throbbing pain, and sensitivity to light and sound. Migraines are often triggered
by light, smells, sounds, food allergies, stressful situations, or even medications.
The pain of migraines is commonly treated on a temporary basis with a variety
of medications. Recently, startling research has revealed a way to, not only
relieve the debilitating pain, but also correct the cause of the migraines so
that they do not occur in the first place.
Preliminary research results of a study done at Australia's Royal Melbourne
Institute of Technology "indicate an outstanding outcome" for a different approach.
This five-year study determined that chiropractic care is "effective in relieving
the severity and frequency of some headaches," including migraine headaches.
A majority of individuals who participated in this study" improved with chiropractic
Chiropractic's effectiveness is the result of its focus on maintaining the
proper structure of the spine, which protects the spinal cord and nerve roots,
which, in turn, control the body's functions. According to neurosurgeon, Walker
Robinson, M.D., of the University of Maryland Medical Center, when neck muscles
contract, they pull on the connective tissue of the neck and head, which affects
the sensitive nerve filled membrane covering the brain and spinal cord. It is
the stress and strain on these nerves surrounding the brain, along with inflamed
blood vessels, that cause the pain. (The brain feels no pain by itself which
is why neurosurgeons can do brain surgery while the patient is conscious.)
So, often, headaches start in the neck and chiropractors specialize in making
sure that the spinal bones of the neck are in correct position. With the spinal
bones (called vertebrae) in correct position, the muscles that support the head
are relieved of stress and spasms. The pain is diminished as the structure of
the spinal bones of the neck is improved. Chiropractic addresses the cause of
the pain of migraines. Relief from migraines comes with the restoration of proper